It is about a search for daily meaning as well as daily bread, for recognition as well as cash, for astonishment rather than torpor; in short, for a sort of life rather than a Monday through Friday sort of dying. Perhaps immortality, too, is part of the quest. To be remembered was the wish, spoken and unspoken, of the heroes and heroines of this book.
— Studs Terkel, Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do

We believe there is opportunity to drive meaningful change in our workplaces by focusing on the good. Humans@Work is a Love Letter to work. We hope this series will provide insights into the conditions of what makes work meaningful through the lens of workers across the country. These stories will be the foundation for the Humans@Work documentary and training series - a national movement that uses documentary to drive awareness and change in workplace culture, diversity & inclusion, and human resource practices.

We started the series in St. Paul, thanks to the generous support of the St. Paul area Knight Foundation, but we hope to expand to more cities and that this site eventually becomes an archive of collected stories that span themes and areas of the country.



Skill Scout — Skill Scout is dedicated to telling meaningful workplace stories to help Talent Acquisition and Employer Branding leaders use video to attract and retain quality talent

Knight Foundation  Knight Foundation invests in cities where the Knight brothers once owned newspapers, supporting both authentically local and relevant national ideas

Chicago Media Project CMP is a member-based philanthropic community of documentary film lovers who believe in the power of media to bring about social change.



Elena Valentine | Director & Producer — Elena is the co-founder of Skill Scout, and is dedicated to using video to tell meaningful workplace stories that help Talent Acquisition and Employer Branding leaders attract and retain quality talent.

Caroline Olsen | Impact Producer Caroline is a producer, cinematographer and editor for Skill Scout and is passionate about using video storytelling to drive social change. She is excited be working on a series that will help ground difficult but important conversations in personal stories. 

Ashley Mills | Director of Photography — Ashley is a Chicago based Director of Photography who's worked on both documentaries and fiction films, and is currently working on her first feature film, Unapologetic, which follows a community of young Black organizers confronting a Chicago administration complicit in state violence against its Black residents.

Michael | Sound Designer — Michael has been recording audio and designing sound  for various projects through out Chicagoland since 2010. Some of the productions range from Sears Shoe line and Craftsman Tools to Healthcare spots and working with a Chicago Bear.